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Concentration and the Silence V o l u m e S i x The Occult Magazine

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Occultism is mainly concerned in those immaterial forces which are at the back of all material forms-Sephariel.

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The Alchemists Vindicated

Perhaps no other thinkers or body of searchers into the mys- teries of nature have been more laughed at, scorned and ridiculed than the Alchemists. The complacent nineteenth and twentieth century product of human evolution, firmly convinced of his superiority in knowledge and common sense to any benighted person of previous ages, has regarded the Alchemists, Astrologers and Magicians of history as more or less harmless lunatics, super- stitiously hunting will-o'-the-wisps. Some with a little more brains recognizing that there could not be so much smoke without some fire, became apologetic, and explained that the real Alchemist only used the metals and pro- cesses as symbols of spiritual ·development and that the Art of Alchemy was nothing more than a disguising language covering a philosophical doctrine. Such regarded those who really sought to transmut e base metals into gold and silver , as fools who had taken the writings of their predecessors literally, but whom we had to thank for the modern science of Chemistry.

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science regard the old alchemist with a li ttle

even at the present time we think there ar e

but a very few persons who believe that the old alchemists knew

what they were about. As one of these few it is with peculiar pleasure that we note in the newspapers two important items. One is an account of successful experiments in transmutation by Sir Ernest Ruth er-

ford, an English Scientist. He has not actually made gold fr om

lead but

solely the number of electrons and positive particles contained in

it, has succeeded in breaking them up, when they form differ ent combinations. He says that to make gold it would suffice to detach two Alpha particles from Bismuth atoms or from lead

two Alpha and one Beta particle.

Alpha rays from radium. The other case is that of M r. Rudolph Melville Hunter , of Philadelphia , who for man y years has claimed to have mastered the secret of turning base metals into gold. The foundation of his process is evidently identical with that of Sir Ernest Ruth er- ford, the transformation of the constituents of the metallic atom ; his method seems to be by chemical and electrical means. H e will not give the secret to the world on account of the harm it would do but exhibits me tals in the process of changing to gold

and his alchemical gold has been tested by Sir William Ram say of London and found to be chemically pure. So the alchemists of old are vindicated. Their meth ods

working on the knowledge that differe nces in an atom ar e

and electron made doubtful attention,

but

This disruption is done by the

were not the methods of modern science but closely analogous. There can be no doubt that the old process of sublimation wa to resolve the metal into its atomic parts, but the change of the posi- tive and negative particles in, the atom giving it the differ ent

of

power of combination was done by the aid of other forces

nature than the alpha rays of radium. It may be that modern science will go farther and some d ay

discover the elixir vitae. Who knows?

The Sub-Conscious

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to a general acceptance of spirit communication and its corollary, the continuity of the per- sonalrity after death, is the theory of the sub-conscious mind. In a'lltomatic writing of any kind in which the hand or hands are used, either to hold a pencil or move a planchette or ouija board, no matter how :fi'orreignto the ordimary intelligern;:e, education or knowledge of the medium the received communication may be, there is a universal tendency by scientific and would-be scien tific

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as well as the sceptical materialistic minds, to ignore the obvious explanation and ascribe all such phenomena to the sub-conscious mind.

Let us admit that the proper

attitude

in which to investigate

these things, in order that there may be no possible error as to the source, is to consider every other possible explanation very carefully and give a verdict of not proven if any such can be found tenable, but it is a question how much we are justified in attributing to the sub consciousness the source of all genuine auto-

matic writings.

In the first place we .know very little about the so-called subconscious beyond the fact that it has been fairly well demon-

strated that there is a region of mind

memory of all the incidents of the life so far experienced. We know that under certain conditions of suggestion or stimulation these incidents can be recalled. It is considered true by many that in addition to this the sub conscious includes a sense organ memory of much to which those organs have reacted but which have not reached the actual consciousness. How much of this is fact and how much theory is debatable and we doubt if any- thing very definite is really known about it. Nevertheless it is precisely to this part of the sub-conscious- ness that the tpessages received auomatically or spoken in trance or hypnotic sleep are attributed. We are invited to believe, for example, that X, the Living Dead Man, who writes so interest- ingly of his after death experiences; that Patience Worth with her quaint dialect, her literary style, her brilliant repartee; that Frederick of "The Seven Purposes" and the helpful and valuable Lessons claiming to emanate from "Headquarters" in the same book; all have their source in the subconsciousness of the respec- tive amanuenses. If Judge Hatch, Patience Worth and Fred- erick, not to mention numerous other communicants from the "other side," are merely the expression of the subconsciousnss of the message-bearer, then we are confrontd with a problem much more complex, extraordinary and profound than that of after death life of the personality, viz: the existence in each of us of practically another personality using our organs of sense but with a mind and knowledge superior to that which we can express; an entity which can think and feel independently of our conscious thought and feeling; an entity which can cleverly personate others, and which addresses us or an audience, as a separate indi- vidual. That we are all dual personalities in one body with the less developed mostly dominant, seems more difficult of belief than the communication with us of one in the so-called spirit world, especially when we have so much evidence in allied

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phenomena, such as materialization, the direct voice , speaki ng through trumpets, spirit photograph y, table rapping and tilti ng and so.forth, that prove the existence of such spirits. At our present state of actual knowledge the subconscious is nothing more than a convenient term to which many peop le ·relegate all spirit communication and which enables them to avoid a frank admission of the obvious though unwelcome ex- planation. That the subconscious is anything more than wh at has been stated viz: the latent and unconscious memory of past experience, is not known, and the attribution to it of possibiliti es of anything more than this is pure speculation and entirely un- warranted. Students of occult philosophy are familiar with the teachi ng that in reality every individual is so limited by his physical and astral bodies that the expression of his full character, knowled ge and memory is impossible. This real nature is called by vario u s names, the Self, the Ego, the Genius, etc ., and Mr. F. W. H. Myers in his "Human Pe rsonality" gets very close to this idea when he posits the sub-lim inal and the supra -liminal self. Some persons use the word sub-conscious as including both these states of consciousness, but, allowing for this extension of meaning, we must maintain that the three conditions of sub, waking and supra consciousness are but states of and part of the one consciousn ess and cannot be considered as having a separate existence, and therefore do not furnish any satisfactory explanation of spi rit communication. It is true that for purposes of clarity of teach- ing the Ego and the Personality are sometimes treated as if two

do not credit th e

possibility of the higher talking to the lower as a separate being, claiming name, history, death, experience and many other

matters, absent from the memory of the lower or outside of its knowledge. The higher consciousness, when it does come through int o a man's waking consciousness, expresses itself as idea , sudden com- prehension, conscience or intuition, and in many other sub tle ways, but never as some entity not himself, and to ascribe all the communications now being received to the subconscious or even superconscious man is unscientific, in a measure cowardly, and simply begs the question.

separate entities, but it is not really so, and we

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1 Among the various devices employed for games and divina- tion, dice are probably the oldest. Sophocles attributed their invention to Palamedes, a Greek hero of the Trojan War, to whom also was given the credit for inventing the alphabet, light- houses, weights and measures , backgammon and the discus . In Greek legends, therefore, Palamedes holds a place similar to that of Thoth among the Egyptians, who made the ibis-headed god the inventor of writing, of numbers and measurement, and of divination. Thoth was identified with the Greek Hermes and the Roman Mercury, to whom the dice were sacred because they were supposed to be the presiding deities of good luck in haz- ardous enterprises . That Thoth-Hermes should be so closely related in legend with the despised cubes whose principal modern use is in a gambling game is a fact which, in itself, constitutes a very strong hint tfiat, like the Tarot, dice have an occult meaning. We know, moreover, that dice have been used throughout Asiatic countries from prehistoric times . The Rig-Veda mentions dicing as· an Indian game, and in the Bhagavad -Gita, Krishna compares him- self to the dice. · Thus it is no tax upon credulity to suppose that the Egyptians were familiar with such games before the time of Moses, for excavations from ancient tombs at Thebes have brought to light little bone and ivory cubes which differ in no respect from those that you may buy today at the corner news-

store. The six sides of a dice are invariably so marked that the sum of the spots on any two opposite sides shall be 7. Than this, no number has been regarded more sacred by the adepts of every age and people. Hence, to the sages in any generation, a die, simply because of this peculiarity in its numbering, must have been a eonstant reminder of the innumerable ramifications of the heptad throughout nature. Readers of Madam Blavatsky's works do not need to be reminded that seven is, more than any other, the theosophical number. Students of the Bible will recall that seven is repeated again and again in that priceless library of occultism. To N eo- Platonists and Pythagoreans it was the number of numbers, and their notions concerning it have been preserved for us in the

words ,of Philo

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"The things which are seen are seven: body, distance, shape, magnitude, color, motion, tranquility, and besides these the re is nothing. Our soul is divided into seven divisions; there being five senses, and besides them the vocal organ, and after tha t the generative power. The number 7 neither produces nor is p ro- duced,1 on which account other philosophers liken this numb er to Victory, who had no mother , and to the virgin goddess, whom the fable asserts to have sprung from the head of Jupiter; and the Pythagoreans compare it to the Ruler of all things. For that which neither produces , nor is produced remains immov able. For generation consists in motion, since that which is gener ted cannot be so without motion, both to cause production, and to be produced. And the only thing which neither moves nor is moved is the Elder , Ruler and Lord of the Universe, of whom the num- ber 7 may reasonably be called a likeness."

Kabalists also associate 7 with Victory, for that is the mean - ing of the name N etzach , the seventh Sephirah on the Kabal istic Tree of Life. To a Hebrew theosophist , therefore, the num era- tion of a die would have been fully as significant as to a N eo- Platonist or Pythagorean. An initiate into the mysterie s of Israel, moreover, would have been sure to notice that since the total number of dots on the six faces of the cube is 2 I, a die is also related by number symbolism to the divine name, Eheyeh, "Ex- istence," whose letters (AHIH) are the numbers , 1, 5, IO, 5, and add up to 2 r. Thus for our Kabalist, just as for a Greek sage, the numbering of dice would have been a reminder of the cer tain triumph of the "Elder, Ruler and Lord of the Universe," before whose might no obstacle may stand , because He is the self-ex- istent, all-knowing and all-powerful One, described by Kaba lists as Kether, the supreme "Crown," termed also the "Inscrut able Height," the "Small Point," and "The Concealed of the Con- cealed." To that "Most Holy Ancient One" the Bible gives the

name Eheyeh, translated in Exodus

AM,"

iii, 14 as "I AM THAT I

"I

am He who is."

but more accurately

rendered,

A Greek

familiar

with

Latin,

noticing

that the numbering

of the dice always gives 7, sacred to Athene , might have rem em- bered that one of her epithets was Alea; and he would doub tless have found food for thought in the fact that the very same wor d, in Latin, designates the game played with dice. He would also have been sure to connect the Latin tessera, "a die," borrowed from the Greek tesseres, "four," with the fact that Hermes was said to have been born in the fourth month of

 

1 That

is

to

say,

it

cannot

by

multiplication

produc e

any

number

within

the

first

decad e, as

twice

2

or

three

times

3,

9;

nor

can

any

two

nu m-

bers,

by

their

multiplication,

do e s 4, produce

it.

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the Grecian year; on which account, in Argos, the fourth month was named after him, and in Athens he was honored with sacri- fices on the fourth of every month. · Like 7, the number 4 is of great importance in occultism. It was the sacred tetraktys of the Pythagoreans; it is the number of letters constituting the most important names of God in He- brew; to the Hindus it symbolized the whole of divine philos- ophy because it was the number of the Vedas; and to Christians it is connected with the heavenly city, which "lieth foursquare," described in the twenty-first chapter of Revelation. What the apocalyptic account of the New Jerusalem must have suggested to a Neo-Platonist may be gathered from the fol- lowing passage in the works of Philo:

"And as this (4) is the most ancient of all square numbers, it is found to exist in right angles, as the figure of a square shows. And right angles are manifest examples of the correctness of reason. And right reason is an everlasting fountain of virtues. It follows of necessity that the sides of a square must all be equal to one another. And equality is the parent of justice, which is the mistress and ruler of all the virtues, so that it is now proved that the number 4 is the symbol of equality, and justice, and of all virtue beyond any other number. And the number 4 is likewise called 'all,' because it comprehends in its power the numbers up to IO, and the number IO itself ( 1+2+3+4=IO) ." The self-reflection of 4, which may be represented thus,-; produces the number 8, which is associated with P ~rmes, or Mercury, in the Kabalah, because the eighth Sephirah, Hod, is the sphere of Kokab, the Hebrew name of Mercury. This word is spelt KVKB, or 20, 6, 20, 2, giving the total of 48, the digit s of which are the two numbers sacred to Hermes. Their sum is 12, a number particularly important in Judaism, and one that is also directly connected with dice, because a die is a cube, and every cube has twelve equal edges. Their multiplication also results ' in an important Kabalistic number, 32, which represents the 32 paths of divine wisdom mentioned in the Sepher Y etzirah. The number 8_has also great symbolic significance in the . secret doctrine of Christianity. It is the least number resulting from the numeration of the Aramaic spelling of the name Jesus, !Sh V0=386=3+8+6=17=1+7=8; while the word, I'1]6ou;,ac- cording to the Greek numeration of letters, adds up to 888. Furthermore, 8 as well as 7 and 12, is definitely associated with dice, because exactly eight points, or corners, are required to establish the dimensions of a cube. It may, or may not be significant, but surely it is interesting, to note that the Greek word kubos, which means both "cube" and

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"die," gives a total of 692=6+9 + 2=r7=r +7 = 8. Perhaps, too, it is only a coincidence that Krishna, who compares himself to dice in the Bhagavad -Gita, says also, "Among splendid things, I am splendor itself,'' so that to the Hindu mind, he represents wh at Kabalists designate by their eighth Sephirah, Hod, or "Sple n- dor." What is even more striking is that Krishna was the eigh th avatar of Vishnu, and that, like Hermes, he was a teacher of divine philosophy, to whom the epithet Trismegistus, "thric e- great," might well have been applied, since he says, "I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all existing things." In Judaism the numbers 4 and 8 are emphasized again and again. Of all the symbols of the old dispensation none is mo re comprehensive than the breastplate of the high priest, and the directions for making it given in Exodus, lay particular stre s upon these two numbers, fo r they say, "Foursquare it shall be and double ." Thus, before it was folded, the breastplate was a par- allelogram measuring two spans in length by one in breadt h . In this shape its perimeter would be six spans, the number of faces on a cube; but when folded it would form two squares, each of which would have a pe rimeter of four spans, suggesting the number of sides on each face of a cube, and having eight corners, or the number of points required to establish the dimensions of a

cube. The dimensions of a die, therefore, present all the numbe rs especially sacred in the symbolism of the Hebrew cultus. It h as six sides, corresponding to the hexagram or "Shield of David" which is displayed to this day in every Jewish place of worship. The four sides of each face correspond to the four sides of the breastplate, and to the four letters of the divine names AHIH, Eheyeh, "Existence," ADNI, Adonai, Lo , and IHVH, the Ineffable Tetragrammaton . Its twelve edges refer to the twelve

tribes of Israel, and correspond to the twelve jewels of the breas t- plate . The total number of spots is the number of the name

AHIH, Eheyeh;

sacred number 7 three times. Finally, the dimensions of a cube are established by eight points, connected by twel v e lines, whic h form six superfices, and the sum of 8, 12 and 6 is 26, the sum of the values of the letters in the Tetragrammaton, IHVH

and they are so arranged that they give the

( 10+ s+6+ s=26).

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~lice ~roff s ,fflpstic~bilosopbp

The universe is seven-fold substance, fold within

fold.

The

outermost fold, the first to be manifested in creative evolution, is the physical; the second, the ethereal; the third, the spiritual; the fourth, the seraphic; the fifth, the cherubic; the sixth, the .angelic; the seventh, the Divine; a complete cycle.

Each of these folds is seven-fold. The physical is first min- eral; second, vegetable; third, animal; fourth, human; fifth, in- tellectual; sixth, intuitional; seventh, inspirational.

Each of the other planes of manifestation-ethereal, spirit- ual, etc., is sevenfold also, in symbolic correspondence to the fold of the physical (mineral, vegetable, etc.,) but manifested in a higqer and finer attenuation of substance. Individual life-the ego-is a polarization of two of these planes in one organism-the positive pole being the objective or conscious plane-the negative being the subjective or subcon- scious (not unconscious ) plane. Polarization of the individual life-the ego-evolves from the lowest to the next higher plane when it has finished the course of the lower by oscillations from one of these planes to the other through death or birth, and according to development, until this development is consummated. This higher plane then becomes in turn the positive pole or the objective or conscious plane in relation to the next higher which becomes in its turn the negative pole or the subjective or subconscious plane in relation to the lower. The subjective or higher of each objective plane is the God within-the "I am" of the ego, and holds in stored solution all of the conscious experience of the ego on all of its lower planes; but the only consciousness of the ego on each of the objec- tive planes is the consciousness of its experience on the special objective plane to which it has evolved. Thus the polarization of life evolves finally to the Divine,

where

that

special

cycle of existence is finished,

and its mani-

! festation in polarization

ceases.

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By w.

STUART

LEECH,

M. D.

Music, the working tool of both saint and sinner. The art of combining sound to delight the sense of hea ring r that great power for stimulating the imaginative faculties and for echoing and re-echoing in a vibratory cadence throughout all the other sense organs can be either for or against us. What is not

constructive is destructive.

From my years of observation as a

physician will say that it is against many of us physically and mentally. This may sound paradoxical and sacriligious to some but a careful analysis of the fruits of harmony's-vine will sh ow you that there is no mistake in the statement. The greater a th ing

is the greater is its power for either evil or good , be it knowle q ge , music, or passion. Wright and Schoner by their theory of b ac- terial toxines, receptors, and the opsonic-index show how the- body may be taken possession of by toxines of microscopical di- mension and how immunity to some diseases is produced. We know that a single alkaloid, (the active principle of a drug) say r/ 500 of a grain of Hyoscine introduced into a man weighing 145 pounds or r, r r 8,400 grains, can quiet a turbulent trembling man

from head to foot. In this instance the body weighs about

hundred million times more

two minutes the one dose will bring about these results in a strong

man. In Holy Writ the twenty-second chapter of rst Kings, we read how one evil spirit took possession of 400 men, and at the- very same time one Master gave the truth to the king.

five

than the drug administered, ye t in

A military commander with a good musical band and an

impressive voice can line up ten thousand strong men in the field,

take possession of their wills and throw them to a man headl ong on to bayonets and into the fiery mouth of cannon.

A certain class of religionist can make his audience shout

and roll in ecstatic sympat hy by harmony linked to negative-emo- tionalism . The ways by which these wonders are accomplished

do not concern us so much as the fact that such is the truth.

The grandeur and

immense emotional range fr om the profundities of

most captivating humor. In music; events, characters, storms , battles , feelings of deep in tensity and scenery of tonal colors can be betrayed. All know that music has charms, so has the subtle · serpent charms with the birds as he calls them forth from the air to certain destruction; but the power of music is most keen ly felt in the destructive quality of emotional suggestiveness. The

most vicious, the most sensual, the most vulgar acts and scenes of

dignity

of some of Beethoven's

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any time and clime can be sent in to the soul of receptive

through the instrumentality of rhythm tonality, melodious har- mony and flight, lulling the innocent and the unwary into a lulla- by of negation. When the soul is in negation or passivity its protective armour is laid aside and it lies bare being at the mercy of any evil spirit bodied or disembodied that happens along. Any vibrations below mastership belonging are banished, even though there be a flicker of life the fatigue centers of the physical brain are temporarily charmed to a state bordering on paralysis. The language of destructive music is subtle, soothing in its unsus- pecting victim to somnolency, tickling the nerves into obivion causing the heart to make an unconditional surrender without a struggle. One of the ways of music leads to health, happiness, and life; the other leads to stagnation, oblivion, and death. No water can drown its victim and carry him to lower depths than the melodious strains of destructive music. To a cultivated soul -0f keen perception or an intuition for the interpretation of the

language of i:nusic it is really embarrassing, to say the least, to be in the presence of pure minded people and hear an orchestra peel forth in language, unmistakably from a heart leprous with in-

man

famous sensuality. It is rare

any of the terpsichorean halls that infest the land. The sensual is not only an appeal to the animal instincts but to the perverted instincts of man and as such should be placed under a severe .censorship.

that we hear any other variety in

THE

BRIDGE

At dusk The white-arched bridge Blends with its reflection Forming a single ensemble. Thus Atma Blends with its reflection

Man

Forming

the

ensemble,

Christos.

ELINOR

C.

WOOLSON.

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EDITOR'S

NOTE:

By

MARTIN

PETRY

Mr.

Petry

is a newspaper man who has studied

Astrology for twenty years and for the last year has been responsible for the Astrological feature in the N. Y. Sunday Herald-which attracted so much notice and was so successful. In this paper he approaches the ever p resent problem of Free Will and Destiny from the Astrological viewpoint and unlike. the majority of Astrologers denies that the wise man rules his stars-in which

conclusion we find ourselves much in sympathy.

"Can we rule our stars?"

"Are

our lives controlled

Will?"

by Fate

or do we exercise

Free

to the study of

astrology, these two questions have been hurled at me constantly by anxious inquirers hungry for enlightenment. The subject matter has interested humanity since the dawn of time and will continue to excite our curiosity as long as this world exists. In- numerable essays and treatises have been written on the subject by thinkers and writers, and astrologers generally have promul- gated the opinion in the form of truth, that we can rule our stars. However, my experience in the study and practice of the divine science has proved otherwise. Whatever the stars indicate in a chart is by inexorable law sure to happen and it does ha ppen with mathematical precision. A square or an opposition of the planets will have its effect; otherwise the whole planetar y system would fall to pieces . Astrologers tell us that when an evil con-

figuration is noted, preparations can be made to meet it and over- come its influence. I want to say right now that it cannot be done. In the first place, no astrologer can tell with any degree of cer- tainty just what effect an evil configuration will have. It may influence adversely the material affairs, it may undermine the

health or it may pass off without doing much

on other modifying aspects in the chart. However, even if the character of an event could be accuratel y prognosticat ed , it would be impossible to avoid it. It must be borne in mind that our life here is one of gradual development in the school of experie nce,

and any adverse or malefic asp ect in the chart shows but anoth er step in progress. Whatever is written for us is an experie nce

we are fated to undergo, for only in the "fires of affliction" are

we cleansed. Therefore,

than destructive and

In

the

many

years

that

I

have

devoted

harm, all depen di ng

adverse aspec ts are constructive ra th er

only through them do we attain the spiri tu al

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As to the question of free will, I do not hesitate to say that we have very little choice in shaping our present life. In accordance with the law of cause and effect and eternal justice as well as com- pensation, we are here to do certain things, to pass through varied experiences, to oversome certain weaknesses and to com- bat constant obstacles-all the effects of causes in previous in- carnations. Let us take a simple survey of the matter. We have no choice as to the time or place of birth or in the selection of our parents. We are not consulted as to our religion, and the creed of our parents is thrust upon us. Our childhood years are in the control of others, and this early guidance does much to shape our future careers. If born of poor parents there is little opportunity for education, and if born of wealthy parents we are usually so petted and pampered as to mar our future and render us incapa- ble of ever accomplishing any real work. But even if our child- hood is all that it should be, do we at maturity exercise free will? We believe we do, but in reality we do not. The world is one great organization in which each of us has been assigned to perform a certain part. It is like a big business or manufacturing concern, which, to be successful, must be con- ducted according to certain rules and regulations. Let us imagine an organization employing about one thousand men and women. They have their regular hours of work and each is selected to perform that kind of work that he or she is best fitted to do. Suppose the head of that concern told his employes that

they could come to work when they pleased and cease working when they felt like it; also to do any kind of work in the establish- ment that suited their taste or fancy . How long would that

organization last?

planet. The Creator has selected each of us to do a certain kind of work and to fill a certain niche in the great plan, whether we

like it or not. Some must perform the menial labor, while others are fitted to lead and direct and manage, and others again are

fated to create and accomplish great things. Some must work hard all their lives with little reward, while others enjoy the good things of life without making much apparent effort. Many have one constant grind and struggle, and try as hard as they will, they cannot escape from it. "Some must wa tch while some do sleep, so runs the world away." Let us take another illustration: A playwright in staging his drama selects his actors according to their ability to play certain roles. Some must play the unimportant roles, and only one or

two are fitted to play the leading parts. so aptly put it, "all the world's a stage."

the roles that the Great Author has assigned us. The only free

It is the same as regards our life on this

Thus,

as Shakespeare

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will we have is to play our part well; and as we play our part, be it humble or great, so, when the curtain rises again, which it inevitably will, we will be rewarded by having a better and more important role assigned to us. Upon our entry into this world we receive certain talents. Some receive ten talents , some five talents and many only one talent. All we are free to do is to make the most of the talents that have been given to us, and we will be rewarded accord ingly. However small our talent may be let us not hide it, but do the best we can with it in the circumstances and surroundings in which we are placed. "To him who hath shall be given."

take all the cred it for

their success, while others who have failed will blame fate . In either case the natal chart will tell the story. How many of us have experienced periods of utter despair when everythin g ap-

Of course, many successful men will

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peared

to be against us, and all our strength and capabilities w ere

unable

to change matters . I know of the case of a brillian t and

prominent resident of this city who, a few years ago, experie nced sudden misfortune. He held a ·most important position in the

community, and yet despite his excellent record and reputa tion, his great intellectual attainments and his large circle of we althy friends, he was unable to obtain even a minor position. In fact,

all doors were

him. I drew up a chart for him and saw at once the progressed conjunction of sun to his Saturn. That told the whole story. It was an experience that he needed and after three years he rose again and today is again at the top, as influential, as brilliant, and as propserous as before. When the planetary aspects are adverse, we cannot change conditions. Of course, we can say Yes or No and I Will or I Will No l, but in reality the affirmation or nega-

tion is already determined by our character, our surroundings and by cause and effect. We simply have to work through what- ever adverse periods come and do the best we can in the circum- stances. There lies our only free will.

closed to him; everything seemed to be ag ainst

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·~ome ~bougbtson tbe~spcbicQConstttution

of ;ffflananbJt,isJLatent ~ossibilities

By JO H N

C.

SKOTTOWE

The tendency of the greatest masters of the Occult at the pres ent day with which we are in full sympathy is to try to bridge over the chasm that exists between the extremely contemplative and mystic idealism of the Orient which runs undoubtedly to an extreme on one side, with the extreme physical practicalism of the Occident which runs to an extreme on the other side. We use the word "physical" and not "material" for reasons which will appear later on. Each, we believe, has an important lesson to impart to the other, and the happy balance which in due season will be finally struck will prove of the greatest benefit to mankind , as beth extremes up to a certain point are also necessary for their final completion, preparatory to their final blending for the fuller completion of humanity .

No one can read

the ancient religions,

of Egypt,

Chaldea,

India, and also that of the Druids, without becoming convinced

that

tion of Human Nature. Moreover we find that the great re- ligious masters, including those of primitive Christianity, and the Master himself, always withheld certain spiritual and psychic knowledge from the populace for good and valid reasons, well known and understood by the student of occu'lti'sm, a'nd which were only handed down orally to the Initiate who to the best of their knowledge and belief after most severe trials and tests were

then deemed duly and truly prepared, worthy and well qualified

to recei v~ them. We also find after

have been two dominant factors in religion, the highest and noble st from time immemorial recognizing and upholding the inal ienable rights and liberties of the Individual , holding that the

to society of which he is an

I ndividual, to be of the greatest use

integral part , must develop that individuali ty to the highest point ; the other holding that the organization is of supreme im- po rtance and teaching that loyalty to the Institution even at the risk of forfeiting one's individual rights and opinions is necessary and that man must sacrifice himself to the organization so becom- ing of the greatest use to society within the organization and thus

practically becoming a slave to the institution and its heads, for which sacrifice of individuality certain rewards are held out to ·them both in this life and especially in the life hereafter. So far as true psychic development is concerned, the latter method is

they had mad e a marvellous study of the complex constitu-

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decidedly destructive to individual unfoldment and spiritual and psychic grow~h, whereas the former is constructiv _e, as it foll ows the laws of nature on all planes, and not any man's parti cular theories. Its distinguishing between theories and natural laws may be proved by personal demonstration by those who elect to test them. Belief in some sort of survival of the Physical Deat h has been held in varying degree in all religions, some, however , hav- ing a much more advanced and clear idea on this subject than others. It is also curious to note that many from time immemor- ial have held that it is possible under certain conditions fo r the living to hold communion with the dead. We find that the greatest masters of the Occult teach that this is possible in two ways, one of which they designate as the Constructive Pri nciple of Nature in Individual Life , which belongs to the highest kind of Individual Liberty and which is brought about by Indiv idual Development through hastening on and aiding evoluti onary methods or perhaps better expressed by hastening on evol tion-

ary conditions, in which case the Individual is perfectl y conscious of every step he takes; this method might also be termed the objec- tive method because in all he undergoes he is in a perfectl y self- conscious condition. The other method the y call the D estruc tive Principle of Nature in Individual Life , which is the subj ective method and is also the method emplo yed in mediumship , which is heartily condemned and pointed out as dangerous to th e soul of man as it is practically destructive to the rational intelli gence and will of man, and is liable to lead to lunacy and obse sion. The facts and phenomena of mediumship are not denied , but the methods of their usual production are severely censured, it being pointed out that mediumship like hypnotism is a psychic p rocess and both are liable to deprive the individual under their influence of his Individual Will .and Rational Intelligence, and hence of his self control thus depriving him of those faculties of the soul which endow him with the gift of Humanity and which rais e him above the brute creation, and in that condiion he more than likely becomes the me r e automaton of his hypnotizer, or if in the case of mediumship which is practicall y hypnotism by a dis- incarnate being, of his control.

the constructive development if follo wed

and obeyed, finally produces a Master. That on the other hand, if the subjective method is insisted upon, it, being as a ru le de- structive, likely leads to danger and disaster to the soul.

That some of the wise men or Magi of old understood the complex nature of man more fully than it is generally understood today, we do not hestitate in admitting, but we also believ e that

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the teaching of these ancient masters is not as some believe entire- ly lost, but that it has been handed down to the present day to a few by whom it is jealously and carefully guarded for most im- portant and valid reasons, and that at the proper time the knowl- edge they possess will be given gradually to the world, after per- haps undergoing certain modifications. That the !:::,.has been one of the symbols of man in various schools of occult science for ages past is interesting. Here we find the base representing the Physical Body with all its faculties

attributes and properties; the left-hand side of the triangle repre- senting the Spiritual Body with all its faculties, attributes, and properties; and the right -hand side, the Intelligent Rational Being, Ego or Soul. In a subject of this kind one must give credit to all sources for his information. What he can do for himself is to draw conclusions and test what is claimed. Among other things we learn to realize that there is spiritual matter or substance as well as physical matter or substance, and that be- tween the physical universe and the spiritual universe there is

another large field of matter

more closely allied to the physical, known as th!:!Magnetic Field, and that there is spiritual magnetism which is attracted to the physical body, and that Physical and Spiritual Magnetism are attracted to each other. During our earthly .life the soul which is back of all these manifests itself on the physical plane through the physical organism that the Spiritual Body resides within the Physical, though it does not actually occupy the same space, which one writer expresses somewhat in the following manner, "You can fill a glass with marbles and after it is so filled you can add to it a lot of small shot; still it is not full, for you can then fill up the still vacant space with fine sand and after this you can pour in water and still other liquids of less density and can then charge it with electricity. Matter in the magnetic field is on a much higher vibratory rate than that in the physical world, and matter in the spiritual world on still a higher vibratory plane. That the latent spiritual senses c;an be developed by proper training, the basis of which is a strict morality, morality being defined as "man's established Harmonic Relations to the Constructive Principle of his own being," that there is a. technical work of Instruction, is also admitted, but it is never given until sought for by a student and then not until he shall have proved himself worthy and well qualified and duly and truly prepared to re- ceive the same and no monetary remuneration is ever received for such instruction, that it is given orally and under the greatest secrecy; it is also clearly stated that but few at the present day have the time or the means to devote to it, and that any man who

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lives 'a pure and moral and unselfish life, at death will thus h ave prepared his soul for residence in the high er spiritual planes of existence whether he at present is aware of the fact or not, as

obedience to

ward.

God's or Nature's la ws always reaps its due re-

At death

we learn that man may enter at once into the Spi r it-

ual World in his Spiritual Body and with his Spiritual Magne- tism, that those not prep ared and still clinging to earth ret ain their physical magnetism or physical magnetic body and re ide in the magnetic field until such time as they learn to unfold and leave it behind when it gradually vanishes back to the elem ents to which it belongs as does the physical to its elements, but th at it can to some extent after the owner has parted with it be preser ved

by spirits who understand the way (it sometimes being known as the astral shell) and that at spiritual seances these astral shells are often made use of by evil spirits as a mask to impersonate the ir original owners, again showing one more way by which -the un- wary may be deceived in mediumistic seances. No student of the Occult can get very far in his studies with- out realizing the reason why what is called the school of W hite Magic constantly warns against Black Magic, which is dan ger- ous and destructive to the individual soul. That the Magn etic Field of the Mystic and Occult Societies has given rise to th~ Christian Intermediate State and the Roman Catholic Purga- tory, there is in my mind no further doubt.

Again

the reason that our Lord undoubtedly laid such

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tremendous stress upon right conduct to those who followed hi m

is also made more clear by my researches , as a good life he re results in a good life hereafter even though we may be in com- plete ignorance concerning the conditions in another life. That the dangers and temptations arising from the student who un- folds his marvellous latent psychic powers and forces by means

of the constructive method are also very great is also perfe ctly

clear, for if used for selfish purposes, the y become

the soul and we all know what it means to eradicate every par ticle of selfishness which is so innate in us all. But that it is necessary

for some to know these things and that there are a few great and good enough to us_e them aright is also well, for it is necessary for some to know these things by personal experience and self de- velopment for some must be in advance of others to lead the world gradually on to higher and nobler conceptions and more profound truths . We also most firmly believe that the only legitimate way to unfold these latent divine psychic faculti es is by the independent constructive method by strict obedienc e to the laws of God that make for Individual unfoldment, without

destructiv e to

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wilfully impairing or sacrificing our Personal Responsibility which distinguishes man from the brute creation. We believe the only true way is the narrow way of attainment mentioned by our Lord and Master. That the subjective method by which we temporarily forfeit our Personal Responsibility and allow our- selves to become mere automatons, or machines, yea the play- things, for other beings either incarnate or disincarnate to do what they please with us, we believe to be extremely dangerous against nature and nature's God who has endowed us with that precious gift which raises us above the brute creation and makes

us morally responsible beings, and to .trifle with this gift and to forfeit it even for a time is to trifle with our souls which will have · a most destructive effect upon our present and future well being which we may find it extremely hard to rectify and if insisted

on, who can tell, may be fatal

therefore my advice, except for strictly scientific investigation and purposes, is for the ordinary individual to be very careful as to how he or she dabbles in purely subjective methods. My study and researches naturally at one time led me to a very great interest in mediumistic Psychic Phenomena and vari- ous other subjective processes of coming into touch with the phys- ically unseen and having found enough evidence at private se- ances to satisfy myself of the genuineness of some of the instances recorded, we were for some time · not unfavorably disposed towards honest mediumship, but one thing always was unsatis-

factory, which was this, that the one who brought about the re- sults when genuine was himself or herself very often practically unconscious and irresponsible during the sitting. We felt for years that there surely must be an independent method whereby one could consciously unfold those higher faculties, which are lying dormant or latent within us and which one school desig- nates as the subjective mind or subconscious self, and at the same time retain the memory of all experience unimpaired, and of one's own free will go and return into the higher planes of exis- tence as we saw fit. We have been extremely glad that some of

the best Teachers of True Psychism and Occultism have held for

centuries the possibilities of this very thing, and there are some who have individually demonstrated its possibility. The writer intuitively knows it as a fact, but he- is still but an interested student and hopes an unbiased and unprejudiced seeker of Truth.

to the Individual soul itself;

There

is much more we could

say as a study of mankind

leads one into a thousand and one questions not only purely psychical but also sociological, for you can'Il'ot separate · the in- dwelling spirit that manifests itself in a thousand different forms and on manifold planes from the form it at any one particular

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period happens to assume and from the individual relationship it bears to other forms so manifesting themselves. No one has ever seen a soul; all he sees is the form that soul manifests itself in; it may be a physical body, an astral body, or a spiritual body, but so far as we can learn it always manifests itself through some form

spiritual material as

well as physical material, only on a higher plane of vibration . When we have learned by a wonderful mastery over self and perfect self control to withdraw ourselves absolutely from our physical surroundings and, figuratively speaking, to close our- selves to the world, then we realize that we can use our late nt senses so that they can behold other worlds than this . At dea th our physical instrument wh ich connects us with the physical un i- verse is dissolved or left behind, that is all. We may, if we know how, be able to clothe ourselves temporarily with physical matter again and so appear for some special object, but this is simply a physical phenomenon and not a spiritual one.

of material for there is, as already remarked

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We now hope that enough has been said to awaken some slight interest in th'is subject, one often neglected and sometimes

ignorantly scoffed at, but the

one occasion he has been able from the results of his researches to give consolation in those hours of sorrow which come sooner or later to us all, which, had it not been for his certainty of th at

writer knows that on more tha n

whereof he spoke, he coul d not have uttered the words he di d , words which have helped to heal a sadly stricken heart.

existence are sufficient to

convince the man who stands on the ground, seeing only the

meaner life of earth, and never raising his eyes to behold the

sun.

and

excite his wonder;

them as the jewels of reaso n.

Only

Pour

the hard

facts of spiritual

set them

out facts,

before

him

to gaze

upon

let him grasp

f

But

for

those

,vho

glimpse

the serene vault of heaven the

truth

is revealed

in

all

its beauty,

and no fu rther evidence is

needed to give assurance that mind is imperishable, the soul

immortal.

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~bt ~rutb <!Concerningtbt 1Liftanb ~tacbingsof Zoroaster

H.

C.

HODGES

Writers have not agreed upon the time of birth of Zoroaster, some claiming that he lived three thousand years before Christ, others in more recent centuries. We give below a biographical sketch of this great philosopher, astronomer, astrologer, and teacher, containng the date and place of his birth. The true name of Zoroaster was Zerothoschtro, a Zend word. He was a contemporary, in Medea, of Daniel, afterwards known as a reformer of Israel, known by some as the Israelite Buddha. It was he who made the prophecy of the coming of Christ to Israel from the Star of Bethlehem. The Greeks made Zoroaster from Zerothoschtro by removing the tro, as the "r" had been cut off in the Pehlor and the Parsee, while in Hebrew we have Schouroaster, composed of Schour and Setareh. But there is little gained in interpreting Hebrew, for a name whose origin is in the ancient Zend, and while he was known far and wide as a celebrated astronomer and astrologer, his chief characteristic was as a reformer in the religion of the Zend. His name is composed ' of Zere and Thaschtro, the name of a star, the elogy of which is found in one of the reschts or prayers given by Zoroaster. The word Zere signifies gold or the color of gold; the name inter- preted, star of gold. Zoroaster, as we call_the name, was born at Umri, a city of Ader bedjan, just five hundred and fifty years . prior to Jesus Christ's birth; though as to his birthplace there is a great divers- ity of opinion, as also to the different names given to him in mod- ern times. But Zoroaster was a Hebrew, and belonged to the ten captive tribes in Medea, where he served and learned with Daniel, and he has been confounded with Daniel. This is a mistake. The ancient kings of Persia were among his ancestors to Feridoun. The Empire of the ancestors of Zoroaster was fixed in Ader- bed jan, where Umri is situated. Dogdo, the mother of Zoroaster and daughter of Frahernerer, issued also from the royal race. The Zend books mention the fact that Zoroaster smiled at his

birth, which presaged a remarkable and grand career.

that circumstance he was called Sapetme Zerothoschtro, that is

Sapetman Zoroaster, meaning excellent Zoroaster. At this period the laws of Menes were scarcely known out- side of Africa. Greece was full of sages, who disputed among

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themselves .on the physical principles of the uni verse; the Ro man empire was still in its infancy; Persia had substituted the worshi p of the stars, etc., for that of the Creator, confounding the attri- butes of the author of good with those of evil genii, and for five hundred years, a few sages excepted, India was given up to the doctrines of Fo. China had lost the form of good governm ent l and disdained the sages who endeavored to enlighten her; in fine, the prophets of Israel were about to cease and the Jews seemed to adore, by preference, foreign divinities. At this time there appeared on earth three men who abso-

lutely changed the face of human thought

ance

as, instructed in the books of the Phoenicians, who wrote on nature and the gods, was the first to teach the immortality of the soul, and originated the Greek philosophy which soon spread over Egypt and the Roman Empire, and prepared the way for the evangelists. Then Confucius, in China, re-established the purity of morals, simplified the worship of the First Great Cause, and still remains the oracle of more than seven hundred leagues of coun-

and rel igious observ-

Pherecydes, the Syrian philosopher, master of Pythag or-

tr~

.

Then Zoroaster made known to Persia the time without bounds, the eternal and the secondary principles, to which the F irst Cause has remitted the government of the universe. He an-

nounced the immortality of the soul, and explained the cause of good and evil, in developing that of the overthrow which ap-

law of re-

ligious worship, the truths which country. His laws were revealed

Indus, and the Brahman Tehengreghatcha, the second of his disciples, spread them to the extremes of India. Zoroaster often

mountains, according to Parsee reco rds

and also asserted at the time of Dion Chrystonius, that by a pri nci- ple of love, of wisdom and justice, this legislator had remo ed from among his fellow men and lived alone upon a mount ain. He there consecrated a cave to Mithra, the kin ·g and father of all that exists. He lived as a recluse, and gave himself up to pra yer and meditation.

Ararat, Moriah, Horeb, Cinai, Hor, Pisgah, Carmel, and Hermon were all sanctified by the special meeting of the prop h ets with the Almighty on their summits, according to the history of Moses, Noah, Abraham, Daniel, and Elijah. M ountains and stars are closely associated in religion. From the beginning Mithra was the Persian name for the Sun. Mithraic caves had been found in various places, deco-

consulted Ormusd on the

peared in nature. He perpetuated, by an exterior

he pronounced in his ow n from the Euphrates to the

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rated with Magian, Zodiacal tablets. Zoroaster in time appeared before the Kipg, Gustasp, and after demonstrating his knowledge by performing numerous prodigies, he was accepted, and the Zend Avesta was accepted as the law of the land. He established the Alteschgrah or sacred fires. He taught that the Eternal had created Ormusd, also the Peetiare, or accursed atiriman, and taught that he who in the world has sown in purity will obtain it in heaven, and he who sins shall be covered with shame in hell. At the age of sixty-five years, Zoroaster gave lessons in philosophy at Babylon. Pythagoras was among his disciples. He left rhe mortal form at the age of seventy-seven, being fully prepared, as he said, having foretold the event. On the Zoroastrian tablets of the Magi is found the, Sun, rep- resenting the father; the Moon, the mother or church; Taurus; lsaoher; Scorpio, Dan; Cancer, Zebulon, Sirius, and Procyon;

Decans in Gemini; Draco in Sagittarius;

Turdis Solitaris in Leo; Spica in Virgo; Pregarus in Aquarius. The two youths, with torches for life and death, refer to Gemini; Cygnus is in Aquarius; Hydra in Leo; the small bull refers to Argo in Cancer. It is so represented in the Dendera Isaic Zodi- ac. The central figure is Perseus in Aries; thus there are sixteen

different symbols upon these Magian tablets and Zoroaster, being

a Hebrew and undertaking a religious reformation among the

exiled Israelites of Medea, would naturally use the Hebrew Zodiacal types; for this system of typology in religion referred to those truths of revelation which had been given in special charge

of the Hebrews, and the twelve chief signs were the emblems from

the time of Moses, of the twelve Hebrew tribes. By far the largest figure is the bull, at that time symbolical of Ephraim, for he was the strength and back-bone of Israel while the bull in the Mithru bas-relief, found in the Cupri Mithraic cave and now at Naples,

is seen as wounded and sinking to the ground, for Ephraim was

at that time poor, weak and wounded in captivity. Taurus is being wounded by Perseus winged, for Ephraim, though Assyria . was the instrument, was really chastened by the divine hand, as Hosea declares at this point in the fifth chapter and verses thir- teen and fourteen. At that time the child was named according

Jos~ph carves in Leo;

to that which expressed the nature and characteristic as found

in the twenty-ninth chapter of Genesis. We see the wisdom of the light here expounded

the purpose to right the misconceptions of the past two thousand years, and let us pray that all humanity may let the scales fall from their eyes, that they may see the wisdom of the infinity. We continue to grow in spirit.

and we see

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~bt jletu Wnber1,tanbing

By

J. W.

Editor

NORWOOD

of Light

I

Clearer vision is coming to the world concerning spiritual things. The use of terms, attempts at definition, formulation of psychological laws, all so confusing in the past, are now regarded as of secondary importance by those who have given most time and attention to methods of making themselves understood when relating experiences.

There are two reasons for this:

I. Psychologists have more closely grasped the idea that the · science of mind and soul is in fact the science of man himself and not of something separate and apart from his physical existence. That the "first spiritual sphere" is coordinate with this mundane existence, and it is merely a matter of attention to "realize" it.

II. The general public, or such part of it as thinks of matters

other than purely physical, has grasped the idea that there is a universal language in symbolism; that no matter what the racial or national language of the individual may be, no matter whether he is."civilized" or "savage," he has an instinctive grasp upon the fundamentals of that language. So symbolism being a universal language, drawn directly from Nature, is giving rise to a new school of thought-or per- haps a new grade in an old school. This is "new," of course, only to those who make the remarkable "discovery" that the mind thinks in symbols-cannot think any other way. The German and the Englishman think the same symbols, automatically trans- lating them into German or English in order to express the idea through the spoken word. Their mental machinery may be different, is different. But the symbols are the same however the use and interpretation placed upon them may vary. To study symbolism therefore 'is to study the universal rpind. One's vo- cabulary may consist of only a few hundred words or many thousands. But the day when the symbolist was considered a "one sided" fellow is passing. Even mathematicians are not so sure that the limit of geometry as an exact science has been reached, or that there is no such thing as a figure with one side I A thing with only one side is of course a mathematical absurdity-but how are you going to prove it? How, any more than you can prove that the one-sided mentality is an absurdity and has no use. To illustrate, take a slip of paper, say one inch by twelve inches. We

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know

it has two sides. We can prove that by drawing a line

down

the middle on one side and turning it over perform the

same operation on the other. If we paste its ends together we have a hoop with an inside and an outside. Draw a line around its middle outside and another line inside. You must take the pencil up at least once-proving conclusively there are two sides. Cut the hoop around the medium line and you will have two hoops. To say that piece of paper can present only one side looks like the utterance of a crazy man. Yet take that strip of I x 12 give it a single half twist and past the ends together and try your experiment. You can draw a line from any point on the surface entirely around the hoop and return to the starting point without lifting the pencil! Does that not "prove" by our "test" that there

is only ONE side?

are still two sides-and yet we have fallen down in proving it by

a method we would have sworn was infallible. But still more

remarkable, cut the hoop along the medium line clear around, and instead of getting two separate hoops there remains only ONE-twice the diameter of the first! How will you explain what you know can 't be true? If you go a little further you may get more light on the sub- ject. The hoop now has a whole twist in it and if cut around its

Of cour.se we know it does not-that there

middle once more you will get two loops, one linked to the other!

Y eu cannot separate them entirely.

So it is with the new understanding. The "spiritual" and the "physical" are so linked together we find it difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends-with our old habits of thought and experiment. People we have considered "one- sided" no longer appear so in the new light. It is the "half twist" that has puzzled us~ Doctors tell us that every man is half- twisted-partially insane I Nobody is ·normal I By which they mean what occultists have taught for thousands of years-no man has attained the absolute ideal. We are all twisted from the original pattern-the spiritual pattern. We twist ourselves or . are twisted by circumstances which we seek to control and can control.

Further illustrating the new understanding, let us recall the witty narrative of a writer who described the advent of a new idea into the land of two dimensions-"Shadowland." Inhabi- tants of that land had only length and breadth. No thickness. Naturally their "normal" thought and action was concerned with only two dimensions. A criminal was once put in jail. The jail was a circle which was closed after him. No one had ever imagined a roof in that land. Why should they when there was obviously no such direction as "UP"? The criminal could not

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escape, though he was the best scientist in the land. Yet to in- habitants of three-dimensional worlds that man's position was absurd. Why didn't he just step over the circle and get free? In fact, they tried to suggest it to him-tell him about thre e di- mensions. Telepathic communication was established between their minds and in short the scientist actually grasped the id ea of three dimensions and projected his mind beyond the prison but not his body. His unseen three-dimensional friends had much difficulty in conveying to him an idea of the method. Finall y the prisoner actually accomplished the miracle of raising himself on END and getting into the three dimensional world wher e he

his "unseen friends" of the "spiritual" th ree

dimensional world. Bu t to the rest of the inhabitants of Shadow- . land the prisoner had s-ochanged they, knew he was crazy and put him in a mad house I They saw him now, not as a "normal" man but as a straight line instead of a square figure. That part of h im was missing they had no doubt for they couldn't see it-he wasn't "all there." He continued to walk erect with his head in the clouds of three dimensions. Thereby he made a mistake which other criminal scientists profited by afterward, as they did their "up-ending" only in private thereafter, always lying down flat in public, so they would not appear abnormal and might escape the mad house. What serious thinkers are trying to get at nowadays, as re- gards the "other world," is that our three dimensional worl d is the "Shadowland" of a "Four-dimensional" world. We have as yet never found any language to describe experiences in "F our- dimensions," better than the Universal language of the mind- symbolism. There may be a higher language, but we have not discovered it yet. Symbolism is the Morse Code of Telepathy whether between physically embodied humans or "spiritua ll y" embodied humans. Hence Plato's "world of divine ideas" is not so absurd as it may seem.

could see and hear

symbols which are

stored in the arc;hives of the mind. What is to prevent oth er intelligences on whatever plane, from touching and rearrang ing

these symbols-mental letters of the alphabet-so as to send us telepathograms? Persons who insist that this is done con- stantly, may simply have a better understanding than those who reject the idea and suppose that every "sudden thought" th at "strikes them" or seems to "come out of the air," is their own particular creation.

We create and draw

to us innumerable

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AZOTH r6r MESSAGE 5 Many were here and it was necessary for us to close the

MESSAGE

5

Many were here and it was necessary for us to close the way. You had many visitors when we entered your silence-and while we would gladly take their messages, we feel that it would per- haps not be the material for which you are longing. You already know and realize that t.here are no dead, there- fore a material message can mean little to you. We, as Teachers, and Direct Guides from what you call The Beyond, would bring still a higher message than this. We would bring the message of LIFE-not of death. We wish, this evening, to bring a message for your own uplifting, your own development, and, we would say, for your own protection. One who would fit himself to be a teacher is first given Primary Grades, and meanwhile he studies and works and ad- vances. So as you are teachers in Primary Grades, we would have you guard your own energies. Do not seek those you ·would help. By the law of Attraction, Draw Them To You. "Let your light so shine."

, Were you to cast a pebble into the water, as you know the

first circle would be small; then -larger and larger and larger. So we wish your development -to be. Not a forced condition but a natural growth, and finally the Circle grows so large that it will embrace all humanity.

The

earnest

seeking

of

the

heart

will

bring

this

about?

asked

one

of

the Circle.

Yes! The work is great-and

'

the helpers are few.

The

Young

Sister

asked

if

the

reason

the

Message

came

slowly

was

because she and The

Young

Mother

had

fixed up their

home and

had

been

working

in a material

way.

No! We would scarcely say you had been in a material atmosphere. While on this earth plane, these things are very necessary. They say as The Body is the Temple of the Soul, so what you term the Home must be a fitting Shrine for this Temple

-to make it beautiful, so long as you are not wasting your time and energy, but are also serving The Great Master. Had you not this desire within you-were it not Heavenly-it would have been material. Your activity has not been of a merely material

nature I In so doing you will help uaderstand this fully.

others.

You do not at present

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"Y ou mean that

by making

our

Yes! In having a home .

home beautiful-"

Then

these are all God -given ( re-

ferring to gifts and new things which had poured into the home).

They are all necessary for your development-for your Light- to have them.

"So that

we have not settled

our

home for

nothing?"

asked The

Y oung

j

,

Sister,

(referring

to

a casual

remark

she had

made

that

"If

things

kept

on

the

way

they

were

going

The

Young

Family

would

soon

be

opening

a

Sanatorium.")

But if your words come true, "We have opened our Sana- torium"-then do not complain . If you keep yourselves in high enough vibrations, only good will come to you-if you do not

no

harm can come.to you.

force conditions.

As long

as you are in Tune

and Rhythm

"Might

we

all

be

in

this

Sanatorium,

doing

work

for

The

Mast er?"

ask:edone.

It is not impossible that some time in the future there may be even a greater one opened. And again, we return to the Sanatorium: Christ said: "Suffer little children to ~ome unto me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven ." In planting Fruit Trees we do not consider trans- planting the ones that have stood for years . We take young and sturdy trees; we prepare the soil-we care for them-we trim them up-here and there we prune off limbs-that the sunsh ine and warmth may penetrate-that they may grow and bring forth fruit.

Have you ever thought of a city of the size of the one in which you live-of the poverty and want of the young trees that need to be transplanted-pruned-much of the diseased mate rial cut away and given a chance to mature and bear perfect fruit? We do not at present say this is possible to do-but we say:

Give it your earnest thought-your earnest prayer-and it is not

impossible that this Sanatorium may not

mighty instrument

It is not impossible that some of these young souls may rise up to call you blessed. The Harvest is Great-the Reapers are Few. There are many who will give the money to ease their conscience but few will give their time, their love-their ALL. t

grow and becom e a

for good.

This is a Great-a Noble Field.

"And

our Divine

Guides will direct

us

to

this

end?"

Yes! We ask you at the present time only to meditate and

realize the need of such a work.

are capable of guiding these children? We hear you say: T hey

Do you realize how few parents

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are the fathers and mothers-they must understand. This may seem a parting from the subject, but we wish to bring a message to the one who said: "I felt almost as if I were seeing into the Beyond." (The Older Sister had said this earlier in the evening in talking of her recent experiences.).

We

would

say, dear

Friend,

you

were

seeing

into

The

Beyond, but you were obstructing your own vision by your ex- treme desire. You make it a bit too hard. You think it is some-

this! Remember it is the

most natural thing in the world, and not seeing is the unnatural.

You were trying to make your physical eyes see what only your

thing a tiny bit unnatural. Forget

Forget for the time that you have

Eyes and use only the Windows of your Soul, and

when the tiny clouds seem to obstruct your way, they will melt

in to nothingness.

Spiritual

Physical

Eyes can gaze upon.

The

following

the

day to

t hree paragraphs refer to a personal incident that happened

imper-

one

during

sonalized so that

of the

Circle.

The

words

of the

he so desires.

Guides

are

the reader

may have the lesson-if

We also bring this message: We bring you back again to the words of the Sister-Mother, who said: "We have opened our Sanatorium." You did not come here by chance. You came because the Great Master sent you to earth. They sought an avenue. These experiences were necessary. They saw a chan- nel through which you could receive care, education, many things necessary for your present work. You have grown in experience; you have grown physically, mentally, and far better than all- you have grown spiritually. Now, to the mother who cared for you-your Earth Mother -you must kindly, gently, with the same care become her Teach-

er. The time will not be long until this material house will pass

away. The soul will stand naked-will

ize the things it has not learned. This is a lesson you may learn!

We must pay. It makes no difference what it is. We must pay! The price you are to pay is to help her by more spiritual light- more love-more warmth in her heart and in her soul. This is not criticism-this is, that you may hardly pay a debt, and in so doing help her and help yourself .

realize its needs-real-

As we said before, "The

Harvest

is Great and the Workers

are Few." She belongs just as much to the Great Brotherhood of God-the same divine Spark is within her. We feel you under- stand this message. Do not try to make her think as you think- do not try to make her see as you see-but give her the Love and Light and she will, in time, respond. ·

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at this point by a personal caller and by a t elephone

call.

You are all more or less disturbed by what you term this un- pleasant interruption but a better lesson or a better illust ration could not be brought into your midst. While within thi s soul

she is

not far enough on the Road to understand your language. This is one of the trees of which we have spoken. At the present time, transplanting might bring it to better fruitage, but the pruning

away would be so severe that it would take years of labor. ·This is also an illustration of the un-poised, the un-bala nced. And we feel that some of you are asking, mentally, the quest ion:

"On what line does she stand-which of her talents are predom- inant?" We say again: Do not judge, that ye be not judged. Do not try to carry her burden. Do not push her further alon g the line and possibly unbalance her load even more than it now is.

There was an interruption

(referring

to the personal

caller)

shines the divine Light,

One

asked:

"Would

it

be

right

to

help

*

*

*

who

is in .mental

trouble?"

If your

light is strong enough to draw him into your vi bra-

tion. Yes I DO NOT SEEK! Hold your light steady and high, and if it is your work, he will be directed to you. Th is is

also a lesson which we would have you constantly bear in mind.

be

opened unto you."

ALSO. But the Truths you have found-those hold high and

steady, and others will wish the great knowledge and un der- standing-will see the Light and find the Way. You have sought and found. They may do the same and others that are not yet ready. All Truths must come from within. The longing-the DESIRE-must be there .

to

this same young man to whom reference was made above )- and we penetrate for one instant into his atmosphere-he needs to learn the value of poise.

Christ

said:

"Seek

and

ye shall

find-knock

and

it shall

That does not apply to those who are seeking

We would

say regarding

the Young

Brother

(referring

"He

is not obsessed?"

The door is open-anything may enter and not knowing, he does not understand himself. It might be what you call obsession. We do not regard it in this way.

"May

we

send

*

*

*

to

the

Young

Mother?"

If

she wishes to come, yes!

If she feels the drawing.

You

say: "May we send." She must have this desire within herse lf .

She must have this seeking-this

desire.

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Such meetings (as this one) never come by accident. They come for a purpose. There is a reason-always a reason. When i.t is necessary the way is always provided, and you must all re- member; if you are in Tune and Rhythm, space means nothing, --distance, to us, does not exist. And you would not be sitting in as close communion as you are this evening, were you not in very close vibration. It is also a lesson you must learn that dis- tance does not exist in this work.

has it

already started?

There are many channels open, and a Sanatorium does not- we do not-in a Broader Sense-entirely mean the building of a house and placing them within it. The House you have all built up: This we term a Sanatorium. There has been love and thought and care taken to nourish souls in other homes where sickness is. We see also another Sanatorium opened-if conditions come. The Young man (referring to the young man who seemed to be mentally unbalanced) enters your circle. Another Sanatorium will be opened. We see, at times, waves of Love and Light go across the Con- ti.ner.it, penetrating the home where many mourners are mourning. The house is crushed over their heads and they do not know why. This we term a Sanatorium. You term a Church a House of God. We say: Where two or three are gathered together in "My Name" there will "I" also be. That also is a place of worship. · So, a Sanatorium is where disease of mind or body or soul exists. And with the vibrations of love and light we would have you enter. We therefore, would have you go forth with love for all mankind, knowing that the Harvest is Ripe and the Workers Few. Therefore, fill each and every hour with work for The Master. Good Night!

Will

the Sanatorium

depend for its start,

upon our realization,

or

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DONALD

AN INSPIRATION

 

By DAN

W.

TOTHEROH

 

f

( Concluded

from

last number)

 

The composite letter

is as follows:

 

DEAR

CHESTER:

 

Mama told me to write to you . We are well now but we

 

will not be dead. We are at Mellie's. Mellie will help me

write.

We

are happy

all the time. We never make any noise

now when we come to see you. Mama tells me you miss me . I do not miss you for I can see you sometimes. We are all busy. Mellie says, we work to bring many people here. We are never

tired or sick. To many people we bring help. We wear many beautiful robes, ;hey call them. When I came over here we

had many mansions. My grandpa has a mansion. We live wi th

him-my

sister HeleQ, Tottie,

Mellie,

Willis

and aunt Ellen and

uncle Harry

all stay with him.

We eat when we are

hungr y-

 

nuts and fruits will be different from the kind you have. M ama

 

will come soon to us.

Mellie says she will.

Mellie

never m akes

mistakes.

The man here says the boys will not be here for a long

time. To me that is bad p.ews. I would like to have Ch ester here with me. Many boys are here-they have many good times

together.

We are well now.

We will never die again.

Mellie

will write--

Mellie

writes:

 

DE AR FRIENDS :

We will

never

forget

you .

We will watch

over you and

 

help

ever was.

you all we can.

Donald

looks so well

and is as strong a

he

Donald

talks of Chester

and Roland

often.

When

 

he says, Ches. and me went fishing together, we all laugh whe n he

tells how they fished.

My name is Me llie.

I was just

a little

baby when I came over here.

Mrs.

R--

is my friend. We

l

all love her.

When

she comes we will

all meet her and make

lier welcome.

Mrs. R--

feels very badly when she thinks of

Donald.

She wants him to come back with her again.

He can-

not do that, but he is with her as much as he can be. Do nald

him over and let

never knew how he came here.

We brought

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him open his eyes to se~us all around him. He was not surprised

to see us,

come soon and he seemed satisfied. We are making many pro- gressions. Donald has gone in the third sphere. We will push

him on rapidly when we will not stop to--

but said, "Where is mama?" We told him she would

(Mellie

broke down here.)

Mr. S--

now takes the pencil.

MY

DEAR FRIENDS :

to you about our life in

this beautiful world. We are more alive than we ever were before. We have been here a long time. We work all

the time. I am in the fifth sphere. My life is a busy one.

help them along. people enjoy on

My daughter

had asked me to write

I am fond of little children

and do all I can to

We have schools with

earth, except that ours are on a higher plane. We tell many

people to bring their where genius tells.

find.

is the place

all the many advantages

talents here with

them.

This

It is all so different from what I expected to

and ph ysically,

than

it ever

was on the earth. Lucy's little son has lately joined us. We

where he is, for every-

thing seems the same to him. Will write again some time .

love him very much.

My

life is busier , mentally

He cannot realize

Truly yours,

R. J. S.

In September,

came our third

letter

from Mrs.

R--

en-

closing letters

from

Donald,

Mellie,

Mrs.

S--

and my uncle

Alonzo.

Only

certain

portions

of Mrs.

R--'s

letter

are

of

int erest regarding

our subject.

MY

DEAR FRIENDS:

--I wh en I

bu t even all thi s s·:ems poor comfort for it is the child I want

ju st as I

all have access, that is

get great

comfort

from

hearing

from

Donald

talk

and to me ,

or

w ant his voice I go to a seance

used tn !-:ave him.

and he ar him

T here seem to be seven degrees

spheres in thi s int ermediate lif e to which

by their own efforts .

li ght , as the y call it. In it ar e th e wick ed who pass from earth

and it rests wit~ t~em just ho~ long t~ey stay there. If they m ake the effort m time, they will leave 1t as every one has his or

The first one is the dark sphere or the twi~

h

er opportunit y. Donald says there are no children there.

F

ather told me the last time I talked

to him, that

he was in

the

fifth sphere and that Donald was with him so you see a little

child does not stop long in the lower spheres.

his time comes he need have no fear-that he will go to sleep here and wake up there where I know he will find Donald and a

Tell Roland when

* She refers to "Gates Ajar"

by E. S. Phelps.

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good many others whom he knew in this life. I have read Mi ss Phelp's story* but did not care very much for it. I go more on

the writings of men who have made a study of the Bible such as, "Our Life After Death," and, "Our Existence After Death," th is

last by a Presbyterian minister. Donald has

but I was grieving so I'm afraid it is not a very good letter, but I hope he will do better the next time. Tell your mother that th is person says he is her son* but .of course I do not know, but I gi e

it just as it comes to me. Will ask father to write to you.

written to Chest er

Sept. 10,

1901.

L. S. R.

Donald's

letter.

DEAR CHESTER:

Mama

read

me your

letter.

We

will

swim here lots of

times.

one cry any more now.

to me.

We won't get drowned Mama

We want mama to come.

though.

We will not make any

your lett er Then she

cried when she read

We will meet her.

won't cry any more.

We don't need any boats or cars he're.

We

 

can go where we want to.

Tell Andrew * we are not dead.

We

will see him sometime.

We will

tell him

to make

us a boat

to

sail.

We want to make little boats to sail on the water.

I

pl ay

ball

and marbles

with

the boys who

are here.

We will pl ay

with

Harold

Baucher.

He used to live in Wheeling.

Wil li e

Nelson

will

come soon.

He lives in Columbus.

He was the

little

boy who lived beside us on Tappen

Street.

He will

get

sick.

When he comes we will meet him.

Mellie found Alon zo

for mama.

He will write to his mother.

We want to make the

others happy.

again.

We all send

love to you

all.

Mellie,

We will write Helen, Tottie,

Harold,

Charlie,

Willis

and all the

rest.

I am yours truly, My uncle Alonzo's

DONALDR--. letter to my grandmother.

DEAR MOTHER:

I am well now.

We are happy.

We would

like to have

you here with us. Mother , we want you not to worry. Mother, would you like to hear from father? We will write together. We are not many miles from you most of the time. We will tell

you where we are. We will not make you cry, mother. We will help you all we can to bear your burden. We want to make you

* The

*

was

written to my grandmother who was living with us at that time. This is very

remarkable, as Mrs. R-- knew nothing about our family and did not know that

my mother's brother was dead.

One of the boys Chester ship builder, making wonderful

reproduc ed. was a gr eat

person she refers to was my uncle Alonzo A--.

Alonzo's handwriting

and Donald

The

letter

was faithfully

He

used to play with.

boats out of shingles.

l

happy.

mother.

I'm

in

the

third

AzoTH

sphere.

We want you not to worry.

We

are

making

progress,

We are all right and well

and happy. '

We will write

again sometime.

Your

loving son,

 

ALONZO

A--

Mellie

writes:

MY DEARFRIENDS:

try when you corrie to

make you happy. We will find Arthur if he is here. We will

tell him

We must not worry when you make the tears come. Mrs. R--

cried so when she sent Chester's

her do it? Donald is well and strong. We want to make a

medium out of Mrs. R--

when we make noise for her.

make a noise.

again some time. Your

she wants us she tells us to

Mellie

will write

to you

We will

what

you said.

Mellie

can always find her friends.

to Donald.

What

makes

She is nervous

will

write

letter

but she won't let us.

it,

When

she is afraid.

loving friend,

When

we do

Mellie

MELLIE.

Another

letter from Mrs. R--'s

father,

Mr. S--:

DEARFRIENDS:

We may not be

any time. We have several spheres or

degrees of Heaven. We progress by our own efforts assisted sometimes by good and holy men. The first sphere is a place

where the wicked are put but they have the same privilege.

one has to make their way out. We have houses to live in which are called mansions here made of beautiful marble with many

more precious materials.

everything that makes life beautiful. We eat when we feel the

need of it, nuts and fruits.

to you. We are all happy and content to stay here. Donald says he would not go back to earth to live but he is anxious for them all

to come to him. We never regret coming. Lucy says I have been here fourteen years. It seems as yesterday to me. We have no night but something like a twilight when everyone rests if they feel the need of it. We are not dead but very much alive more so than you are. We will not tell everything we know. You would all be too anxious to come. Well, I have to close. You will hear from me again. Yours truly, R. J. S.

Lucy says you want me to write you again.

so very far from you at

Every

and

We

have

flowers, fruits,

says she would

birds,

Mellie

like to write

from

Mrs. R--. Her next letter had no enclosure, but it is inter- esting because it gives her ideas and impressions gleaned from her reading and spiritualistic communication.

MY DEARFRIENDS:

There

followed

an interim

in which we heard nothing

Your

very kind letter

reached

me yesterday.

I wondered

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what had become of you . I have in the last two or three wee ks

lost the power

I go every week and have a nice tal k

with Donald and my father, bro thers and sister. We have such good mediums here. It is to a trump et medium I go where the

as

can be. As far as I can understand , those who have gone from us are not with the Saviour any more than we are. The y ha ve

spirits do their own talking .

I think it will come back.

I had - cannot get a single word in writing thou gh

Donald 's voice is just as natural

merely gone into an intermediate

opportunity to progress

a wicked life here has still an opportunity to become what e

should be even after he has left this life , though

men

who make such things a study claim

says he

the third

An y poor soul who has led

life , where they have the sam e

as we have.

a good life, well

spent here, reaps its reward

on the other side as intelligent

we should all be able to ent er

existence .

Donald

degree in this intermediate

is happy-that he has

everything he wants, plays ball and so

forth, says he can play

a fife pretty

good.

A little friend

w ho

went over there a year ago , Donald

says can beat the drum

ju st

I firmly believe that we will all find

as

the pain, sorrow and trouble of every kind is left out. We w ill

the first

being at the time we leave this world, the second at the time of

Christ's coming or the end of the world. I wish you could go to Mr. S-- he is such a fine medium, a well known man, he re where he has spent all his life. He has been tried and tested

and we know that he is perfectly honest. I have been tr ying to

r

with no result but his name which is more than I've had for some

time.

get Donald to write, but I have held the

all see Christ at the same time, at the second resurrection,

that the other life will only be different

fine, and he plays the fife.

from

this in so much

pencil for a half

ho

Yours very truly,

Oct. 15,

1901.

L. S. R.

!

In November we got a letter with an enclosure from Dona ld to Chester.

Mrs. R--'s

letter:

MY DEAR FRIENDS:

The enclosed letter was written

you almost a month ago.

I

thought

it

had gone and wondered that I did not hear from you .

Just came

across it.

Things

are just the same so might

as w ell

send it.

Donald

writes

a

little. I am going to the East E nd

tonight and expect to have a talk with Donald . Donald says he

is happy

and has every

thing

he wants , plays

ball and enjoys

everything

he did when he was with us, so I should not complai n.

Nov. 6, 1901.

Donald's

letter to Chester:

Your friend,

L.

S. R.

DEAR CHESTER:

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Mama

says I did not write

to you but I want

to tell you

lots

of

things.

We will want you to write to us.

Mama

feels

so bad

about me.

times mama lets us write.

When she cries it hurts me but she has to cry. Some-

We want her to We are not dead,

I am Donald just the same. We want you to think we

We all love mama.

I see Freddy

sometimes.

He

come . We will meet her when she comes.

Chester.

will

The dogs did

not get it cause it is here.

dog. She knows me. She will not want to go away from me.

I will tell Alonzo you know me.

Well Chester, we can't fish any more together but I am with you

to us I will have him too.

would like to see me.

He will not forget me. When he comes

be alive just like you are.

I have my bunny now.

Brownie is here.

She was Mr. Bum's

to hear that.

He will be glad

sometimes.

We are not dead.

We

are living

spirits just like

you are.

We will never die again.

We

are well

and happy.

We want you when you come to meet us here.

you happy. Goodbye.

We all will make

DONALD.

Mrs. R--

became more and more interested

in Spiritual-

ism and therefore

as her interest grew, her power lessened.

not understand

had little time for writing.

Strangely

enough,

It was when she did

that she was in her full power.

In January

came this letter from Mrs. R--

M Y DEARFRIENDS:

I don't get many writings any more but I still talk to Donald. I went to a strange medium, the other day. I heard from Donald and my people just the same. The Spiritualists have a fine church here and I went there for the first time about a

week ago with a friend. Neither of us had ever been there. No one knew us. The minister was a new man who had never heard

of

me. After he was through preaching he gave some tests and

to

my astonishment, addressed himself to me.

He

gave

me

a

wonderful test. I had my brother's name, Harry S--, with

a

message to me; my sister Ellen, my little girl and Donald.

I

was so surprised. The

her what would happen to her that week. Everything came out all right. Mr. R-- believes, implicity, that it is Donald that talks to us. He told me almost everything I had for Christmas, what grandma had sent, said he was there when I opened the box, told me about going to the cemetery with me and just what flow- ers I had. You know he was so fond of flowers and knew a good deal about them. He said, "Mama, if you did not feel so sad it would make me laugh to see you putting flowers there when I'm not there but alive just like I always was." The belief is making

lady with me, had one also. They told

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wonderful

I generally go to, says that it won't be a great many years until we

will be able to c01;nmunicate with our loved ones right in our ow n

never me ant

a Death would not be such Your friend,

for us to suffer when they were

homes without

happy day should this ever come true? an awful thing then.

S. R. that , she

Mrs. R--'s becomes a mystery.

progress

and "Cal,"

that is the guide of the medium

That

God

us.

Won't

L.

After

it be

the aid of a medium.

taken from

Jan.

16,

1902.

last letter came to us in June.

MY

DEAR

FRIENDS:

We have gone to housekeeping

and I miss Donald more than

words can tell. We set his place at the table and he says he sits there when we do. He asked me not to put the chair so close to the table. Donald says he eats but not when he comes home but

in the other world and that there are beautiful streams of wa ter but he says you are not wet when you come out after going way down to the bottom. We did not ask for these things, it w as voluntary information. We were out at the cemetery this aft er- noon. We had our baby moved from Virginia a few weeks ago.